We have reached the time of year in which I dread. I spend the whole year trying to prepare myself for these next few weeks, never with success. The reason I hate this time so much is simply the fireworks. I have Phonophobia- the fear of loud noises. For me the only noises included in this are: The popping of balloons. But my fear of them popping has lead to a fear of balloons in general. If I go into a party and see balloons I will be on edge all night, counting the minutes until I can leave. Explosions. You know when you go to the theatre or some other kind of show and they just can't resist using Pyrotechnics? I LOVE Wicked the musical, but there is one scene in it that uses an explosion so the build up to this scene leaves me so anxious every time. And of course- FIREWORKS. The worst of them all. Which brings me back to why I hate this time of year. Every night without a doubt from now until the 5th of November there are always fireworks being set off round about my house. Always usually young teenagers who have gotten their hand on some and think it's amazing to set them off all night long, every night. I actually woke up at 6am a few mornings ago after having a nightmare about fireworks, only to see and hear fireworks being set off a few gardens down. AT 6AM! I can't leave the house, I spend all my time curled up in my bed with my cat shaking away and crying. It's annoying because Halloween is one of my favourite holidays and I can't actually go out and get the full enjoyment of a build up to Halloween because of the stupid fireworks. Anyway, I just had to share this. No one I know can understand the fear I have of loud noises and always make me feel guilty for not going out with them to enjoy the many firework displays or not enjoying a party because there are balloons. They can't seem to understand how much I would love to be able to do all of this, but I just simply can't! I don't choose to hate the big pretty, sparkly, colourful sky explosions!!! I figured if there's one place I can share my thoughts without being judged, it's SF. Do any of you have the same phobia or even just a phobia that other people can't seem to understand?